Three Tax Credits for Your Family

Tax Deductions and Credits

Tax season is in full swing and we want to make sure you keep your hard earned money by taking advantage of all of the tax deductions and credits you deserve.  Our guest blogger, Joan Ferreira of is here to share tax credits you don’t want to miss.

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As parents, we work hard to provide our children with the best education, a roof to sleep under and food to eat every day. This valiant effort is not overlooked by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Here are some tax credits that are available when you prepare your tax return, that help you with the financial support of your home and children.

1.  Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The earned income tax credit is one of the most helpful for our families, our communities and taxpayers. If you worked and had an annual income of less than $45,060, you may be eligible for a credit of up to $5,891 dollars.

According to IRS, more than $60 billion was granted to more than 26 million taxpayers for their 2011 returns. However, the IRS confirms that many people who qualify do not actually claim it. To learn if you are eligible to receive this credit, you can use the “EITC Finder” App available for free from the App Store and Google Play for your smartphone.

2.  Child and Dependent Care Credit

Another credit you can claim is for the expenses associated with the care of your little ones. If you have children under age of 13 and you pay someone else to take care of them,  you could qualify. This credit is designed to help recover up to 35% of  dependent care costs up to $3,000 for one child and $6,000 for two or more.

Just like the Earned Income Tax Credit, one of the requirements to claim this credit is that you were working outside of your home or were looking for work. The person who takes care of your children cannot be someone that you claim as dependent (for example, an older child or your dependent parents).  If you qualify, TurboTax will take care of asking you the necessary questions as you prepare your tax returns, to ensure you receive the credit amount that you deserve.

3.  Child Tax Credit

With the child tax credit you could receive up to $1,000 for each qualifying child. There are some requirements that you need to meet, such as their age, your relationship to the child, financial support and his or her immigration status.

The child must be under the age of 17 and a dependent on your taxes; receive more than half of his or her financial support from you; and have lived with you for more than half the year. The child must also be a citizen or resident of the United States. The credit is gradually decreased if you have an annual income of more than $55,000 (or $110,000, if married and filing jointly).

These three credits will help to reduce your tax burden or even grant you a tax refund, which could be allocated towards  your children’s education, or to start your family’s financial plan. Whatever your financial goal may be, you can count on TurboTax to help you get the credits and refunds that you deserve for the investment you have made in your family.